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Solved System Reset/Refresh in Windows 8.1...


SolidSonicTH

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Florida

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#1
I need to perform a System Refresh against once of my computers. However, when I try to launch the System Refresh option, it claims Windows is missing some files to do so and to insert a Windows installation media or recovery media to claim those files.

Here's the trip-up: I created recovery media on another Windows 8.1 computer and that STILL didn't work (said something about the media not being valid, despite being generated in the same OS).

Um...how do I get this to work?

I did do my homework on this issue and apparently having done the Windows 8.1 upgrade through the Windows Store strips out its ability to do a Refresh/Reset unless an ISO is present (of which you don't have one of course because of how you did the upgrade; chicken and egg problem right there). Two of my computers were done as Windows Store upgrades but my Ultrabook was not (for that I did a complicated jig that allowed me to keep all my installed Windows 8.1 Preview software while still moving to the Windows 8.1 final build). However it doesn't seem to matter as even the Ultrabook, despite its unique upgrade path, still fails to start a Refresh (should I want to do one there) so the problem is all over my Windows 8.1 machines.

Anyway, any bit of insight into this problem would be appreciated. Thank you for your interest.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro With Media Center x64
    System Manufacturer/Model
    N/A
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 750 (2.66 GHz x 4)
    Motherboard
    MSI P55-CD53
    Memory
    8GB DDR3 1066 SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    1GB XFX Radeon HD 6870
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio Codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Planar PX2710MW (27")
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    128 GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD (Boot) ,2.99 TB Storage Space comprised of: 640GB Western Digital Black x2, 2TB Western Digital Black
    Case
    Raidmax Smilodon
    Cooling
    Air
    Keyboard
    (varies)
    Mouse
    Microsoft Wireless Notebook Mouse 4000
    Internet Speed
    10 Mb/s

Ztruker

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#2

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro X64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo IdeaCenter K450
    CPU
    Intel Quad Core i7-4770 @ 3.4Ghz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo
    Memory
    16.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3 SDRAM 1600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Integrated HD Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP h2207
    Screen Resolution
    [email protected]
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung EVO SATA-3 SSD;
    2TB Seagate ST2000DM001 SATA-2;
    1.5TB Seagate ST3150041AS SATA
    PSU
    500W
    Keyboard
    Wired USB
    Mouse
    Wired USB
    Internet Speed
    3GB Up, 30GB Down
    Browser
    SeaMonkey
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender; MBAM Pro
    Other Info
    UEFI/GPT
    PLDS DVD-RW DH16AERSH

SolidSonicTH

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Florida

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#3
This didn't really work for me but I'm going to mark this as solved anyway. I think I just need to try a completely different approach here (I'm having activation problems now) so it no longer pertains to this issue.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro With Media Center x64
    System Manufacturer/Model
    N/A
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 750 (2.66 GHz x 4)
    Motherboard
    MSI P55-CD53
    Memory
    8GB DDR3 1066 SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    1GB XFX Radeon HD 6870
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio Codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Planar PX2710MW (27")
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    128 GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD (Boot) ,2.99 TB Storage Space comprised of: 640GB Western Digital Black x2, 2TB Western Digital Black
    Case
    Raidmax Smilodon
    Cooling
    Air
    Keyboard
    (varies)
    Mouse
    Microsoft Wireless Notebook Mouse 4000
    Internet Speed
    10 Mb/s

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